• (RP) IPA: /fɛə(ɹ)/
  • (America, non-Mary-marry-merry) IPA: /feɚ/
  • (America, Mary-marry-merry) IPA: /fɛɹ/


  1. (obsolete) A going; journey; travel; voyage; course; passage.
  2. (countable) Money paid for a transport ticket.
  3. (countable) A paying passenger, especially in a taxi.
  4. (uncountable) Food and drink.
  5. (uncountable) Supplies for consumption or pleasure.
  6. (countable, UK, crime, slang) A prostitute's client.
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fare (fares, present participle faring; past fared, past participle fared)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To go, travel.
    Behold! A knight fares forth.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.11:
      […] And fared like a furious wyld Beare, / Whose whelpes are stolne away, she being otherwhere.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 17:
      Then he came down rejoicing and said, "I have seen what seemeth to be a city as 'twere a pigeon." Hereat we rejoiced and, ere an hour of the day had passed, the buildings showed plain in the offing and we asked the Captain, "What is the name of yonder city?" and he answered "By Allah I wot not, for I never saw it before and never sailed these seas in my life: but, since our troubles have ended in safety, remains for you only to land their with your merchandise and, if you find selling profitable, sell and make your market of what is there; and if not, we will rest here two days and provision ourselves and fare away.
  2. (intransitive) To get along, succeed (well or badly); to be in any state, or pass through any experience, good or bad; to be attended with any circumstances or train of events.
    • 1642, John Denham (poet), "Cooper's Hill"
      So fares the stag among the enraged hounds.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To eat, dine.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Luke 16:19 ↗:
      There was a certain rich man which […] fared sumptuously every day.
  4. (intransitive, impersonal) To happen well, or ill.
    We shall see how it will fare with him.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Third”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      So fares it when with truth falsehood contends.
  5. (intransitive) To move along; proceed; progress; advance
    We will continue to monitor how the hurricane fares against projected models.
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